21 Things I’ve Learnt during My 21 Years on the Planet

This summer I turned 21, an event that is a milestone in most people’s’ lives. You are officially an adult, can drink in any country, become an uber driver, the opportunities open to you are now endless. So it’s a time you look to the future, I’ve got a lot of exciting things coming up this year, including taking over as editor of the Concrete Catwalk blog. A birthday is, however, also a time to reflect on what’s got you this far, and as I’ve just turned 21 what better way to collate all this information than with a list of 21 style tips I’ve learnt in my lifetime so far?     

Cheers to being 21 and so much wiser and all that!


  1. Anna Wintour said wearing all black is not chic, but I really think it can be. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes an all black outfit is boring and (in my opinion) not very stylish. BUT if you experiment with different textures or an interesting silhouette, I think all black is a very chic route to go down. But then again I’m not the editor-and-chief of Vogue. So I guess I’ve learnt fashion is very subjective.
  2. Black and navy is not a style faux-pas, red and purple on the other hand…
  3. It’s better to wear tights rather than jeans in the rain because they dry quicker.   
  4. There’s no such thing as too many shoes…
  5. Or too many handbags for that matter!
  6. What you wear really affects how you feel during your day. Have you ever thought it was a really great idea to stay in your pyjamas because you’re working from home? Or felt off all day because what you planned to wear was in the wash or you couldn’t find it amongst the pile of clothes on your bedroom floor? Because I know I have. It’s days like those that I realise how important what we wear is to our self-esteem and productivity. Clothes, for me anyway, are kind of like an armour. They show the rest of the world what kind of person you are, and you are in charge of what kind of person everyone can see. If you’re in control of that, you’re more in control of every situation you enter into, and, in my opinion, that makes you effective and proactive.  

    It’s impossible to not have a good time when you’re wearing cat ears.
  7. Wear a nice coat, and people will automatically think you’re well-dressed. 
  8. DO NOT match the colour of your eyeshadow to the colour of your jumper! (No Grace a whole wash of bright turquoise eyeshadow which is exactly the same colour as your jumper will not make you look older or ‘trendy’. You just look like you fell eyes first into a paint pot!)
  9. Only wear white jeans on days when you are the epitome of calm. There is no point adding even more stress to an already stressful day, and the inner debate you will have about whether or not to risk buying coffee is just a waste of time. Of course you will buy it, and of course this will be the only day ever that you spill it right down your leg.
  10. Just because you don’t think something won’t suit you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it. You never know, you may just be surprised …
  11. Space buns are the ULTIMATE wet weather hair style.
  12. Invest in quality clothes. Now, this may sound like me saying ‘spend all the money you don’t have on clothes’. This, however, is not what I mean. What I mean is, just buy less. (Audible gasp) I know Grace it may be difficult at the start to comprehend not having a surplus amount of stuff. But if you spend less on good quality items, they will last longer, meaning they’ll look pretty for longer, meaning you’ll like them (and consequently wear them) for longer. Now that seems like a pretty cost effective option to me!

    That coat was definitely worth the investment.
  13. Scarves are just the best.
  14. Sometimes heels are not the answer.
  15. Sometimes heels are the only answer.
  16. Your best-friend’s wardrobe is just as valuable as your own. Not only is it your mini costume cupboard, you can also draw a lot of style inspo from your bestie. They can persuade you to step outside your comfort zone and know how to make you feel confident in a way that nobody else can quite manage.
  17. A day out is never the time to wear a new pair of shoes, no matter how pretty they are.
  18. A good pair of sunglasses that suit your face shape are absolute necessities.

    Look how good we look in our sunglasses!
  19. Fashion can be a form of art.
  20. Everyone can wear red lipstick, it just depends on getting the right shade for you.
  21. Do not be a sheep. This is a lesson my mum taught me, and it will stay with me forever. It’s something that can be applied to anything and everything you do, but it works especially well for style choices. Don’t wear something just because everyone else is, don’t think you have to straighten your hair everyday if you don’t want to, if you want to wear a red lip and winged eyeliner on a day-to-day basis, go for it! Not being a sheep just means not doing something just because everyone else is doing it. Style is such a subjective thing, it should be a medium of self expression, and so don’t follow the crowd, do you and you can guarantee you’re going to look fab! 

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